I think that to myself alot, because no matter who you paddle out with, it is ultimately just you and the ocean when sh*t gets hairy...so a group induced false sense of security is just that, false. Also, being a loner at a lot of the things I've done most of my life, riding waves is really the ideal loner activity, especially if you're willing to drop everything(which others might not be able to do) to go surf...it's just you, your gear, and the water. That being said, in the winter, w/ water in the 30's, if the size is getting beyond my comfort zone, I won't go out alone, or I'll find a more protected spot.